California is flooding and it is time for change

Climate change is becoming increasingly serious. We are already seeing its effects in our backyards here in California. 

The flooding of many coastal cities – including Newport Beach and San Diego – and inland communities like Long Beach, Melrose, Sun Valley, Crenshaw, Westlake, Lynwood, Roosevelt and Country Club Park, as well as neighborhoods around the L.A. River, are at risk of insecurity in housing due to rising sea levels and they are bringing about the demand for change, as it should. 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency report “Climate Change Indicators: Coastal Flooding,” “coastal cities are increasingly flooding on days with less extreme tides, or little wind even on sunny days.” The EPA also said that these floods could have major impacts on the American population because about 40% of people in the U.S live near the coast. Some of the effects that they mentioned were the deterioration of buildings that are not meant to withstand exposure to saltwater and the effects that these floods can cause on drinking water. 

The U.S Global Change Research Program says that the increase in flooding could potentially cause the drinking water and waste infrastructures to fail, exposing people to pathogens and harmful chemicals. 

Flooding is not something all of us Californians generally think about as an existential threat. We have earthquakes to worry about. But the tides are rising every day here. 

The sea level is rising, thanks to the melting ice caps, and this is tied to the flooding we have seen recently.

Flooding in California will lead to more housing insecurity, according to “Dozens of L.A. County communities face growing peril from fire, heat, flooding” in the Los Angeles Times.

If we hope to counteract these effects, we really need to understand as individuals and as a nation that climate change is something we have caused, and that we can curb. 

We must act quickly to curb CO2 levels and other greenhouse gasses that our vehicles and power plants pump into the atmosphere. And we need to do this soon. 

We have seen Italy, Germany and many other European countries flood from climate change, we have seen small coastal and island communities and nations become uninhabitable.

Drone footage from various media outlets demonstrates the havoc that was left behind in Germany after the floods that occurred in July and killed more than 100 people.

The good news is we have the technology to help lessen the impact of climate change. 

With entrepreneurs coming up with alternatives there might be hope for a different future. Electric cars, hemp trash bags, reusable water bottles. Even eating less meat. These are small things we all can do. And we can all lobby our legislators and demand quick decisive action to curb climate change.

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